Photo of hostage Japanese journalist released nearly a year after he entered Syria

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A new picture of Jumpei Yasuda has surfaced, nearly a year after the Japanese journalist entered Syria and went missing a month after, in July.

The 42-year-old Yasuda is believed to be held by a militant al-Qaeda branch, called the Nusra Front, that is fighting the government.

The group released the picture to multiple news outlets on Sunday, showing Yasuda with a longer beard and hair than in previous media releases.

According to the Japan Times, the card Yasuda holds up in the picture reads in Japanese: “Please help. This is the last chance. Jumpei Yasuda.” Read more…

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Photo of hostage Japanese journalist released nearly a year after he entered Syria
Photo of hostage Japanese journalist released nearly a year after he entered Syria



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